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Laos plane crash: Victim’s family hopes remains can be found soon

Villagers gather on the banks of Mekong river as rescue personnel on boats search the crash site of an ATR-72 turboprop plane, in Laos, near Pakse October 17, 2013. — Reuters picGEORGE TOWN, Oct 18 — The family of Angelin Teh, 24, the Malaysian citizen killed in an air crash in Laos two days ago, hopes that her remains can be found soon.

A woman claiming to be Angelin’s aunt said her family members are still grieving over the tragedy which struck on Wednesday.

She said several family members are travelling to Kuala Lumpur today en route to Laos to identify her remains and to bring them home.

The air crash in Pakse, southern Laos also killed English teacher Joel Babcock, Angelin’s American husband.

“We will be in Laos until Angelin’s remains are found and will bring them back to Penang,” the woman who declined to be identified told Bernama today.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman had confirmed that Angelin was the only Malaysian killed in the air crash.

Angelin and Babcock were among dozens killed when the aircraft crashed in the Mekong river during stormy weather.

The aircraft was travelling from the capital Vientiane to Pakse.

The aunt said Angelin was in Laos to accompany Babcock who was teaching at an international school in Laos for the past three years.

Babcock previously taught English at an international school in Penang.

She said Angelin often returned to Penang during Chinese New Year celebration to be with family members.

“Angelin was a good person and her loss is much felt. Her mother is still shocked by the news about the air crash.”

Meanwhile, Angelin’s brother Adrian when met at her house in Gelugor said the family is following development of the crash via the media and websites. — Bernama